Last update: July 21, 2017
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.
Prodrug of Mesalazine: medication compounded by union of Sulfapyridine and 5-ASA which is degraded into Mesalazine by bacteria in the large intestine.
Mesalazine is badly absorbed by the intestine, serum levels are low with scant excretion into breast milk. Inactive metabolite N-acetyl-5-ASA was found in small amount in the milk with a relative infant dose not higher than 10%.
No harm effects among breastfed infants from treated mothers have been reported, except for rare cases of diarrhea reported in the 80's with the use of Sulfasalazine. In a review of 121 cases and 121 controls, the authors failed to observe those findings. (Moretti, 1989).
Expert consensus supports the compatibility of Mesalazine and/or its prodrugs during breastfeeding. Sulfapyridine released in the large intestine is 60% absorbed with a protein-binding capacity of 90%, both being a reason for low excretion into breast milk. Mesalazine derivatives that not contain Sulfapyridine are recommended by some authors for use while breastfeeding (see alternative drugs).
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
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